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  • The Seven Year Itch

    The Seven Year Itch

    ★★★★

    I know it's not the best film, but it's certainly a delightful classic. I mean, conjure up in your mind an image of Marilyn Monroe; if it's not the scene at the subway grate that comes to mind, then you're either far more familiar or far less familiar with her than I expected.

    Marilyn Monroe's reputation as a poor actress is definitely not earned, based upon this part (though that might be more related to casting than anything); her half-oblivious-half-intentional…

  • Dumbo

    Dumbo

    ★★★½

    I hadn't seen this film in a long time, and I didn't realize a lot of things until I saw it again.

    1) It's short. Only 64 minutes long, four minutes of which are credits! In its defense, that means it doesn't wear out its welcome. The scenes are snappy for a film made in the 40's, but the fact that they devoted so much of this film's runtime to the pink elephant sequence just further underscores the fact that...…

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  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

    ★★★½

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    It was okay. Middle-of-the-pack in terms of Harry Potter films, but a solid B+ overall.

    The name of the game here is "unnecessary with no payoff" - Scamander's oddness never pays off, the titular "Fantastic Beasts" in the trunk never really pay off (with one exception), the titular "Where to Find Them" turned out to be "over there, where the explosions are happening."

    It followed the same plot that all of Rowling's stories follow: quirky trio of adventurers, two guys…

  • Clue: The Movie

    Clue: The Movie

    ★★★★½

    With some excellent performances, side-splitting comedy, and one of the most brilliant scripts ever committed to celluloid, "Clue" is a delight. Tim Curry is clearly the standout performer here, but everybody shines at some point or another. The plot is convoluted in the funniest possible way, and the multiple-ending idea reflects its origins as a board game movie while providing some new avenues for hilarity.

    It's not perfect, of course. There are plot holes the size of a mack truck…